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Hope Amid Downturn

Film workers are among groups that have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Even so, there is hope for them in the midst of it all.

Oleh Dedy Afrianto
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Rahmadia (right) practices self-defense for an action film at the Piranha Stunt Indonesia Studio, in Depok, West Java, Friday (26/3/2021). Rahmadia is a stunt man in the film.

Based on data from Film Indonesia in the publication "An Overview of Indonesian Film Industry 2020 ”, the number of creative crews registered in 1998-2017 reached 23,000 people. Meanwhile, the number of film workers, both players, creative crews and other assistants, in Indonesia in 2020 is estimated at more than 30,000 people.

Unfortunately, there are no exact figures on the number of workers who make a living in the film industry. This condition shows how fragile the position of film workers is, especially in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, it is quite crucial for this sector to get attention (from all stakeholders), considering that films represent the nation’s identity.

Editor: Syahnan Rangkuti
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